I have ignored the scandal-mongering from the Washington Monthly, Atrios, and Josh Marshall regarding the outing of the Pakistani double-agent because, quite frankly, their track record on successfully recognizing scandals isn’t that great. However, it now appears that there is no question someone in the administration screwed up:
The disclosure to reporters of the arrest of an al-Qaida computer expert allowed several wanted suspects from Osama bin Laden (news – web sites)’s terror network to escape, government and security officials said Tuesday.
Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, a 25-year-old Pakistani computer engineer, was nabbed in a July 13 raid in the eastern city of Lahore. He then led Pakistani authorities to a key al-Qaida figure and cooperated secretly by sending e-mails to terrorists so investigators could trace their locations.
His arrest was first reported in American newspapers on Aug. 2 after it was disclosed to reporters by U.S. officials in Washington. Later, the Pakistan government also confirmed his capture but gave no other details.
Two senior Pakistani officials said the reports in “Western media” enabled other al-Qaida suspects to get away.
“Let me say that this intelligence leak jeopardized our plan and some al-Qaida suspects ran away,” one of the officials said on condition of anonymity.
Unless other details emerge clearing the administration, let me be the first to say the Administration blew it and big time.
I understand the Democrats have created a climate in which any administration action is loudly and publicly denounced as partisan maneuvering- that is to the Democrats shame. That does not, however, excuse the kind of carelessness that took place here, and is certainly no way to ‘win’ a war on terror.
Most disturbing of all is that you would think they would know by now that they can not trust the press. You know the old saying- Fool me once…
*** Update ***
As of right now, comments are 100% against me blaming the administration. Go figure.